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Taste of Lhasa

Lhasa is the cultural, spiritual and historic capital of Tibet dominated by the massive Potala Palace, once the Dalai Lama’s seat of government. Within the old city the Jokhang temple lies at the centre of the Barkor market and is the spiritual heart of Tibet. Also worth a visit is the Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama’s summer palace, and Chakpori (Iron Hill) which was the Tibetan Medical College. All of these fantastic sights are linked by a pilgrims trail called the Lingkor, roughly a 30 minute walk (not including stoppages) which is a great way to meet the locals! Nearby are the beautiful monasteries of Sera and Drepung which are both worth visiting. As time is limited we will also try to get to the Tibet National Museum and sample some uniquely Tibetan nightlife! Ideal for those with little time available, or just to visit a specific festival this trip will leave you planning your next trip.

Trek
:
Taste of Lhasa
Duration
:
7 days
Highest Point
:
3612 m
Best Season
:
May-October
Accommodation
:
4 days hotel
Group Size : Min-4 Max-14
Tour Start : Lhasa
Tour Finish : Lhasa
A very brief but enthralling visit to the capital of Tibet and the opportunity to see the major sights of Lhasa!
Day
Route
1 Arrival Kathmandu transfer to Hotel
2 Kathmandu-Lhasa
3 Lhasa
4 Lhasa
5 Lhasa - Kathmandu
6 Kathmandu
7 Kathmandu
8 Final Departure from the Hotel

Note: Above day to day itinerary may be change depending on weather and flight.

Package price includes:
•    All airline tickets and tax
•    All ground transportation in Tibet and Nepal
•    Airport pickup and drove
•    All necessary permit and entrance fees
•    All cargo of equipments
•    All Hotels in Kathmandu and Tibet
•    All staffs wages and insurance
•    Visa fees in Tibet

Package Price Excludes:
•    Personal bar bill travel insurance/ international airfare laundry and tips
•    Personal Rescue if you need

Day
Route
Duration
Highest Point/m
Grade
1 Arrival Kathmandu transfer to Hotel All day 1300 Easy
2 Kathmandu-Lhasa All day 3612 Easy
Fly to Lhasa on China Southwest and transfer to Hotel.
3 Lhasa All day 3612 Easy
Sightseeing of Lhasa as time permits:
Sera Monastery - established in 1419 Sera Monastery is not only famous for it's remarkable relics but also the monks' debating practice which is open to tourists. However, please make sure you are not watching the enforced Comprehensive Propaganda Education which is designed to enhance 'patriotic education' - check with your operator for details.

Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar - The Jokhang Temple Monastery is an exceptional Buddhist religious complex, founded in the 7th century, it is the spiritual centre of Tibet. Although its buildings and decoration reflect the high quality of Tibetan art in the 7th century and again in the 15th-16th centuries it is the absolute devotion of the pilgrims in and around the temple that capture your attention. Around the Jokhang is the Barkhor market which is full of Tibetans from every corner of the country as well as an amazing assortment of goods from false teeth, to scriptures, to works of art and day-to-day merchandise.
Norbulingka - built in the 1740's during the reign of the 7th Dalai Lama it was later renovated and enlarged and became the Dalai Lama's summer palace. Essentially a park with a number of palaces it is an ideal place to see Tibetan folk singing and see where Heinrich Harrer lived.
Chakpori (Iron Hill) - once the site of the Tibetan Medicine College it was bombed during the Chinese occupation of Tibet. Now only a few rebuilt stupas remain. It is a poignant reminder of the past.

4 Lhasa All day 3612 Easy
Sightseeing of Lhasa, as time permits:
Potala Palace - the first structure on Marpo Ri hill was built in 637 by Emperor Songtsen Gampo, although the current building started to take shape in 1645 with successive Dalai Lamas adding sections, until now at 13 stories high it dominates the landscape. Not only the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama it was also the seat of government of Tibet with over 1,000 rooms and a monastic centre of learning. The oldest section is within the White Palace where there are two small chapels, the Phakpa Lhakhang and the Chogyal Drubphuk dating from the seventh century. There are also many other shrine rooms and the mortal remains of 13 previous Dalai Lamas, along with countless thankas, frescos, and works of art.
Drepung Monastery - once the largest and richest monastery in Tibet it was founded in 1416 by a disciple of Tsong Khapa and later enlarged by the Fifth Dalai Lama. At its peak it had a registration of more than 10,000 thousand monks many of whom could get into the main prayer hall!
The Tibet Museum - houses many of the artifacts 'liberated' by the Chinese during their invasion of Tibet. Despite the appalling assertions it has some excellent pieces which one day might make it back to where they belong.
5 Lhasa - Kathmandu All day 1300 Easy
Fly to Kathmandu on China Southwest and transfer to hotel. End of Tour.
6 Kathmandu
Sightseeing in Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and monkey Temple
7 Kathmandu
All day sightseeing in Baktapur and Patan
8 Final Departure from the Hotel
Day
Route
Duration
Highest Point/m
Grade
1 Arrival Kathmandu transfer to Hotel All day 1300 Easy
2 Kathmandu-Lhasa All day 3612 Easy
Fly to Lhasa on China Southwest and transfer to Hotel.
3 Lhasa All day 3612 Easy
Sightseeing of Lhasa as time permits:
Sera Monastery - established in 1419 Sera Monastery is not only famous for it's remarkable relics but also the monks' debating practice which is open to tourists. However, please make sure you are not watching the enforced Comprehensive Propaganda Education which is designed to enhance 'patriotic education' - check with your operator for details.

Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar - The Jokhang Temple Monastery is an exceptional Buddhist religious complex, founded in the 7th century, it is the spiritual centre of Tibet. Although its buildings and decoration reflect the high quality of Tibetan art in the 7th century and again in the 15th-16th centuries it is the absolute devotion of the pilgrims in and around the temple that capture your attention. Around the Jokhang is the Barkhor market which is full of Tibetans from every corner of the country as well as an amazing assortment of goods from false teeth, to scriptures, to works of art and day-to-day merchandise.
Norbulingka - built in the 1740's during the reign of the 7th Dalai Lama it was later renovated and enlarged and became the Dalai Lama's summer palace. Essentially a park with a number of palaces it is an ideal place to see Tibetan folk singing and see where Heinrich Harrer lived.
Chakpori (Iron Hill) - once the site of the Tibetan Medicine College it was bombed during the Chinese occupation of Tibet. Now only a few rebuilt stupas remain. It is a poignant reminder of the past.

4 Lhasa All day 3612 Easy
Sightseeing of Lhasa, as time permits:
Potala Palace - the first structure on Marpo Ri hill was built in 637 by Emperor Songtsen Gampo, although the current building started to take shape in 1645 with successive Dalai Lamas adding sections, until now at 13 stories high it dominates the landscape. Not only the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama it was also the seat of government of Tibet with over 1,000 rooms and a monastic centre of learning. The oldest section is within the White Palace where there are two small chapels, the Phakpa Lhakhang and the Chogyal Drubphuk dating from the seventh century. There are also many other shrine rooms and the mortal remains of 13 previous Dalai Lamas, along with countless thankas, frescos, and works of art.
Drepung Monastery - once the largest and richest monastery in Tibet it was founded in 1416 by a disciple of Tsong Khapa and later enlarged by the Fifth Dalai Lama. At its peak it had a registration of more than 10,000 thousand monks many of whom could get into the main prayer hall!
The Tibet Museum - houses many of the artifacts 'liberated' by the Chinese during their invasion of Tibet. Despite the appalling assertions it has some excellent pieces which one day might make it back to where they belong.
5 Lhasa - Kathmandu All day 1300 Easy
Fly to Kathmandu on China Southwest and transfer to hotel. End of Tour.
6 Kathmandu
Sightseeing in Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and monkey Temple
7 Kathmandu
All day sightseeing in Baktapur and Patan
8 Final Departure from the Hotel

Note: Above day to day itinerary may be change depending on weather and flight.